Senate, House Leaders Talk Corruption Scandals, Ethics Reform

As lawmakers prepare for the 92nd General Assembly amid a federal probe into political corruption overhanging the State Capitol, incoming Senate President Jim Hendren told a gathering of reporters Friday that lawmakers are working hard to restore public trust ahead of the legislative session that begins Monday.

“There is an understanding in the Senate that we are going to be held to a higher standard than in the past,” said Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs. “It involves a changing of the culture, and we’ve had a lot of discussions amongst ourselves as colleagues. I can’t control what has happened up to this point and neither can any other members of the Senate. And if there is something that comes out during the session, then we have to deal with it.”    MORE

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